Toe to Toe
At the end of the academic year in 2016 we were delighted to collaborate with http://www.thehayesprimaryschool.co.uk in launching our Toe to Toe initiative. A few weeks before the end of term The Hayes sent out this letter to parents:
Dear Parent / Carer
In a few weeks, the school will close and children will cheer to mark the end of this academic year. Before the children run for the doors to enjoy their long summer holiday, we want them to change another child's life on the way out . . .
We ask that at the end of the last day of term, they take their school shoes off and place them on their desk and leave school barefoot.
We will give the donated shoes to a child in Africa via the wonderful work of Sal’s Shoes, a charity we have supported for a few years.
So those shoes, which are unlikely to be used again because feet grow over the summer or are a little scuffed so will be replaced in time for the new school year, won't just sit in the shoe cupboard getting in the way, but will have a second life. We'd love for your child to take part.
A whole school leaving barefoot is a powerful message that we want to help those fellow school children who have no choice and leave school barefoot every day.
Please help us to help others who are less fortunate than ourselves.
There is no obligation to take part but we would love to support this charity and the work they carry out in finding new feet for pre-loved children’s shoes. To find out more about Sal’s Shoes you can visit their website www.salsshoes.com or Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/salsshoes1
P.S. Of course the children can bring in another pair of shoes to change into after walking out of school for their journey home; and if you have only recently purchased their school shoes perhaps your child has another pair of outgrown shoes they may wish to bring in and leave behind.
This is what happened at The Hayes on the last day of term.
The Toe to Toe information pack can be downloaded here. If your school would like to confirm participation in this initiative please email Toe2Toe@salsshoes.com
In September 2016, 6 weeks after they were donated at the end of the summer term because they would be replaced in time for the autumn term, these Sal's Shoes went back to school on the feet of the pupils at Ankoma Presbyterian Primary School, Ankoma DA Primary School AND Ankoma COINS School in Ankoma, in the Kwahu District in Ghana.